Camden chase ends in EC crash


Jose Vazquez


From staff reports

Saturday, October 6, 2018

A Camden County man is in custody facing a host of charges after leading law enforcement officers on a chase Thursday night that reached speeds as high as 104 mph before ending in a three-vehicle collision at one of Elizabeth City’s busiest intersections.

Jose Manuel Vazquez, 24, of the 100 block of Pinch Gut Road, was arrested about 9 p.m. Thursday shortly after his 2005 Buick crashed into two vehicles at the intersection at Hughes and Halstead boulevards, Elizabeth City police spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said Friday.

Vazquez is charged with felony fleeing/eluding an officer, driving while impaired, resisting an officer, reckless driving to endanger, driving without an operator’s license and failure to stop at a red light, Morgan said.

Vazquez is being held at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $50,000 secured bond.

Camden Sheriff Rodney Meads said Friday that his office had been advised earlier on Thursday to be on the lookout for a vehicle matching the one Vazquez was driving when it crashed in Elizabeth City. Someone in the vehicle apparently was wanted in connection with a reported assault in Elizabeth City, he said.    

Meads said a Camden deputy spotted Vazquez’s vehicle as it turned onto Belcross Road. When the deputy attempted to halt the vehicle, the driver initially slowed down before speeding off and turning onto Pinch Gut Road, he said. With the deputy in pursuit, the driver hooked a left on North River Road, then another left onto U.S. Highway 158, he said.

Central Communications radio traffic, obtained from broadcastify.com, indicates Vazquez’s vehicle reached speeds on U.S. 158 in excess of 80 mph before reaching 104 mph at the intersection of Country Club Road.

Once across the Pasquotank River and past the Road Street intersection in Elizabeth City, the chase continued on South Hughes Boulevard. Moments later, an officer is heard radioing a Central Communications dispatcher about a vehicle wreck at the Hughes-Halstead intersection.

Morgan said Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services and firefighters provided medical treatment to people involved in the crash.

Citing police’s ongoing probe, she declined to be more specific about how many people were injured, their medical statuses or if they were transported to medical facilities.

Meads said Vazquez is charged in Camden with felony fleeing/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and reckless driving to endanger.